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New concerts in the Jazz All-Year Round series

George Thorogood and the Destroyers,
The Souljazz Orchestra and Habib Koité & Bamada

Montreal, Thursday, September 12, 2013 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to announce the addition of concerts by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Souljazz Orchestra and Habib Koité & Bamada to the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD. Tickets go on sale at noon.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers May 17, 8 p.m., Métropolis — A true darling and hero of the Métropolis, a venue he packs to the rafters with each and every Festival and Jazz All-Year Round visit, George Thorogood rolls back in with his steam-powered Destroyers for another lesson in blues-rock steeped in the sound of ’50s Chicago. Every true fan knows the iconic singer-guitarist behind the immortal Bad to the Bone has no equal in burning up a stage! This evening’s super-promising program features a new album marking the band’s 40 year anniversary!

The Souljazz Orchestra — November 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral— This colourful, high-octane orchestra skillfully and enthusiastically blends jazz, funk, Afro, Latin and soul. Their supercool musical proposition has found them sharing stages with legends like Femi Kuti, Erik Truffaz and Etta James. Back indoors—as part of Mundial Montréal—after their brilliant outdoor performance at the Festival in the summer of 2012, the Ottawa group lays out the solid compositions of their latest CD, Solidarity, nominated for the World Music Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO Awards.

Habib Koité & Bamada, February 15, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Griot globe-trotter, Malian superstar—Habib Koité weaves the varied tangents of traditional Mandingo music with a boldly bluesy, modern twist. Country-blues grande dame Bonnie Raitt compared this undeniable guitar virtuoso to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and she oughta know, having dueted with him. After making a profound impression alongside bluesman Eric Bibb this past winter, the landmark contemporary world music player returns surrounded by his faithful group Bamada.

Tickets go on sale at noon

Tickets go on sale at noon at Métropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E) and L’Astral (305 Ste. Catherine St. W), and, 1 855 790-1245.

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Tickets remain available for these other concerts:
(tickets already on sale
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Patricia Kaas, Kaas chante Piaf, September 17, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve / Kat Edmonson, September 20, 8 p.m., L’Astral / Joe Louis Walker, September 27, 8 p.m., L’Astral / Jorge Drexler, October 4, 8 p.m., Métropolis / Woodkid, October 17, 8 p.m., Métropolis / Hugh Laurie, October 21, 7:30 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal / Quartango, October 24, 8 p.m., L’Astral / Cyndi Lauper (opening act: Hunter Valentine), October 26, 8 p.m., Métropolis / Michael Kaeshammer, November 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral / Bonnie Raitt (opening act: Marc Cohn), November 14, 8 p.m., Théâtre St‑Denis 1 / Trixie Whitley, November 23, 8 p.m., L’Astral / Rokia Traoré, November 28, 8 p.m., Club Soda / Márcio Faraco, March 13, 8 p.m., L’Astral, and Jean-Michel Pilc and Kenny Werner Piano Duo, March 15, 8 p.m., L’Astral.

A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the 14th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from public partners, specifically, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Montrealers and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round! The Festival also highlights the support of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, official host of the Jazz All Year Round series, as well as the support of Bell and the Hyatt Regency Montréal, partner and official hotel of the series, respectively.